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Civil War Reconstruction Topic Of June 4th Round Table Meeting

Richard Starnes, Ph.D.

May 16, 2013 - Southport, NC - Attendees at the Tuesday, June 4th Brunswick Civil War Round Table meeting will hear one of the most interesting presentations about a crucial period following the end of the Civil War. The title is "Civil War Reconstruction in North Carolina." The guest speaker is Richard Starnes, Ph.D., historian and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University.

The presentation will explore the course of Reconstruction through the eyes of four North Carolinians: William Woods Holden, provisional Governor who played a central role in stabilizing the state during the early days of Reconstruction; James Walker Hood, a minister and later bishop, was a major developer of independent black churches and an active promoter of black fraternal orders; William Alexander Graham, state senator and a member of the board of trustees of the Peabody Fund, which provided educational assistance to the post-Civil War South; and, Cornelia Phillips Spencer, poet, social historian and journalist who was instrumental in reopening the University of North Carolina after a five year shutdown during Reconstruction. For these four individuals, Reconstruction presented numerous challenges and opportunities. Through their involvement and dedication, we can better sense how this period altered the course of our state and our nation.

Starnes is a historian specializing in the American South. He has authored three books, including "History and Hopes in the Heart of Dixie." His articles and essays, many on the subject of Reconstruction, have appeared in Southern Cultures, the North Carolina Historical Review and other journals. He won the Western Carolina University College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award in 2008, edits the Appalachian Echoes Series at the University of Tennessee Press and serves on the North Carolina Historical Commission.

Now in its fourth year, the Brunswick Civil War Round Table is a non-profit organization that meets on the first Tuesday of each month except July and August, and has a growing membership of over 550. The June 4th meeting will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St., Southport. Registration begins at 6:30pm. The guest admission fee is $5 and can be applied toward the $25 annual membership dues. For more information about the Round Table, or the meeting, contact Wally Rueckel at (910) 253-7382, or wrueckel@questor.com.



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